By Abigail Withey
Arsenal have offered attacker Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain a fresh four-year-deal with a huge wage package in order to prevent London rivals Chelsea from signing him, according to report.
The Daily Star has revealed that Arsene Wenger is optimistic that the 24-year-old will accept the extended contract with the appeal of a meaty £125,000-a-week wage.
The newspaper claims on their website that Chelsea are incredibly keen on poaching the England international from the Emirates and tempt the Gunners ace with the prospect of a move across London.
It is understood that Antonio Conte’s side tabled a bid of £40million but Arsenal are hoping their new contract is more enticing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has entered the final 12 months of his current contract, and without a new deal his future appeared up in the air.
The former Southampton starlet struggled to lock down a regular starting place in the squad last season, and played in eight different positions.
Since the start of the new season Oxlade-Chamberlain has featured for the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s Community Shield win against Chelsea, as well as their opening two matches of the Premier League campaign.
Football Insider verdict
Arsenal are rather optimistic trying to lock the England attacker down for a further four years as it will take his stay at the Emirates to a decade. His newly found starting spot in the squad also looks as though Wenger is trying his best to keep him happy at the club. However, with Chelsea knocking at the door with a huge offer which would benefit the club’s fund as well as the attacker, it would probably be the right decision for him to go now. If Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t take the offer but decides to stay at the club for a further season until his current contract runs out, the Gunners could see themselves in a tricky situation and losing him for free.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has slated Arsene Wenger on Twitter following the Gunners’ defeat to Stoke.